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Americana Norvegica, Volume 2
Norwegian Contributions to American Studies

Edited by Sigmund Skard

360 pages | 6 x 9
Cloth 1969 | ISBN 9781512813722 | $79.95s | Outside the Americas £64.00
Ebook 2017 | ISBN 9781512818727 | Buy from Combined Academic Publishers £64.00
An Anniversary Collection volume

American studies in the scholarly sense are old in Europe. But academic chairs and research institutions were late in developing, as they were in the United States themselves. In most European universities the subject was firmly established only after the Second World War.

The University of Oslo in Norway in 1946 founded a full professorship of American literature, the first of its kind in Scandinavia, and in 1948 an American Institute. In the following year the Institute started a series of book publications in cooperation with the University of Pennsylvania. This is the second of two volumes titled Americana Norvegica.

Sigmund Skard, born in 1903, was educated a the Sorbonne and Oslo, where he taught comparative literature from 1933 to 1938. In 1941-45 he was in American government service in Washington, D.C., after which he took up the position of Professor of American Literature at the University of Oslo.

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